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  Topic: birds eating bees
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 4372

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:17 pm   Subject: birds eating bees
Hi All,

When my bees swarmed, a magpie took an interest in them and got a few stings for its troubles. It was not deterred as I saw it again the following day hopping around the shed roof taking t ...
  Topic: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Chardyboy

Replies: 2
Views: 3221

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:58 am   Subject: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Thanks for the advice Barbara,

Yes, it was/is me with the military site plan - they bought 10 Thornes TBHs and deployed them, and promptly filled them with swarms caught around the garrisons - they ...
  Topic: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Chardyboy

Replies: 2
Views: 3221

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 10:11 am   Subject: Swarm - how long can I keep them closed up?
Hi All,

My hive threw another swarm yesterday, which I've recovered and need to rehome (already a post in the Swarm section).

I've got them in a plastic flowerpot with top bars across the top a ...
  Topic: Another bluddy swarm - GU16 8
Chardyboy

Replies: 1
Views: 2821

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:29 pm   Subject: Another bluddy swarm - GU16 8
Good Evening folks,

My hive has thrown another swarm today - that's 4 now, every 3 days it seems.

I've got them in a plastic flowerpot with top bars across the top and a cork holding everyone in ...
  Topic: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Chardyboy

Replies: 7
Views: 5233

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:00 am   Subject: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
>>Newforester - thanks for your note, I have someone in Guildford who has shown an interest with a proposed pickup on Monday - if this doesn't happen are you happy to be in reserve?

>>D ...
  Topic: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Chardyboy

Replies: 7
Views: 5233

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 6:43 pm   Subject: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
I've got a half built one in the garden, but need to get rid of my bees altogether. My dad built a great hive, which is currently empty, but already has issues with an unbelievable idiotic neighbour ...
  Topic: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Chardyboy

Replies: 7
Views: 5233

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 2:13 pm   Subject: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Oh dear - my wife is at the Surrey Heath show and bumped into the Surrey Beekeepers association.

She has offered them the bees, for them to collect after the show....they have declined, telling h ...
  Topic: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Chardyboy

Replies: 7
Views: 5233

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 1:47 pm   Subject: Swarm - GU16 8 (Frimley)
Good Afternoon All,

After having a complaint from my neighbour last week about me keeping bees and the need to relocate them - my colony has thrown a prime swarm today.

5ft up in a pear tree in ...
  Topic: lemon grass
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 8164

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:14 am   Subject: lemon grass
Hi Shearno,

I'd go with Barbara's advice on this - it worked for me.

I also grow the lemonbalm herb and always give that a rub or brush past it as I think the smell is similar and it all helps. ...
  Topic: Beeswax Artist Needs Your Help
Chardyboy

Replies: 4
Views: 6645

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:28 pm   Subject: Beeswax Artist Needs Your Help
I've just tried to vote but because I'm not on Facebook.....I can't.

Good Luck anyway.

Dave
  Topic: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 6399

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:29 am   Subject: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
POP! goes my idealistic bubble......
  Topic: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 6399

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:42 pm   Subject: Goodbye Owen Paterson!
http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Liz-Truss-takes-Environment-Secretary-Owen/story-21464929-detail/story.html

Woo Hoo

Let's hope Ms Truss shows some interest and intelligence in her new role! ...
  Topic: Made the transfer....
Chardyboy

Replies: 6
Views: 6579

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:24 pm   Subject: Made the transfer....
Hi everyone,

I went down the route of stapling wooden skewers to the top bars and then painting with some melted wax. Seems to work fine and not too time consuming either.

The skewers were sour ...
  Topic: Surrey Natural Beekeeping Monthly Meeting
Chardyboy

Replies: 10
Views: 10110

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:05 pm   Subject: Surrey Natural Beekeeping Monthly Meeting
Hi Chris/HappyBees,

I am already committed elsewhere this weekend so can't attend again but have it in the diary for next month. Hopefully I'll have attracted some bees by then (always the optimis ...
  Topic: Surrey Natural Beekeeping Monthly Meeting
Chardyboy

Replies: 10
Views: 10110

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:25 am   Subject: Surrey Natural Beekeeping Monthly Meeting
Doh - missed it!

Sorry - I've been offline for a long while - hope to get back into the swing of things now after a year without bees.

It's been pretty lonely!

Cheers

Dave
  Topic: Insulated Top Bar Hive
Chardyboy

Replies: 5
Views: 11456

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:44 pm   Subject: Insulated Top Bar Hive
Nice photos - but I thought horses were allergic to bee stings in a really bad way?

Regards

Dave
 
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